Desserts (Dolci)

Italian Wedding Cookies

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  The plate I have chosen to serve these tender, snowy-white, crumbly cookies, was a wedding gift given to my great grandmother in 1904. (It seemed appropriate). The cookies are…

Sicilian Lemon Ricotta Cookies

  These are soft, tender, cake-like cookies that have been kissed by lemons. They are perfect when you feel like having a small sliver of cake, but who among us…

Almond Paste vs Marzipan

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  In Italy, the terms almond paste, and marzipan are used interchangeably. In the United States, however, almond paste and marzipan are not the same thing. It is important to…

Pignoli

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  These moist, soft and chewy cookies are found in bakeries all over Sicily and southern Italy. They are a type of macaroon made with almond paste and topped with…

Chocolate Espresso Olive Oil Cake

  I am not what you’d call a chocoholic, but every now and then, when only something chocolate will do, this cake is guaranteed to satisfy the craving every time.…

Lemon Sorbet with Candied Basil

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  Lemon Spaghetti and fresh Limonata are just two examples of why lemon and basil are perfect together. The last time I made a pitcher of limonata, I discovered yet…

Cheesecake

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  Every time I make this cheesecake, I am reminded of two things: to be grateful for time spent with family and of the “The Italian Place” in San Jose,…

Raspberry Ricotta Tart

  If you need another reason to make the fresh raspberry preserves, this is it. There are many times I need to come up with a last-minute dish for guests…

Fresh Cherries

  Fresh, ripe seasonal fruit is the perfect snack or dessert. My place of choice to find the season’s best is at one of those country roadside stands or a…

Cappuccino on a stick

  A frozen version of my favorite coffee drink is nothing more than accidental genius. Accidental is the operative word here. I was making several batches of flavored ice cubes…

Lemon-y Cream Sauce

  My lemon-y cream sauce is the result of having a little bit left over of an ingredient called for in a recipe. It’s not enough to really do anything…

Mango Soft Serve

  Last week, a reader from Mississippi commented on my Lemon Ice Box Pie. She thanked me for the recipe and reminisced how this soothing summer dessert was one of…

Chilled Summer Spa Soup

  After making a batch of my flavored ice cubes, I got the idea to make a cold soup. I didn’t really want a hearty gazpacho, rather a light, cool…

Gelo di Prosecco

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  Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, is made from grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy and is the perfect celebratory wine. It is crisp, clean, light and refreshing,…

Sicilian Olive Oil Cake

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  This is a light, moist, slightly sweet cake that has been kissed by lemons. It is a delightful choice any time of the day. Serve a slice with a…

Hummingbird Cake

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  I have been making this cake for years. It is my son’s cake of choice for his birthday and the traditional batter for our Easter Bunny Cake. It is…

Blood Orange Chocolate Truffles

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  You may offer a terrific torta (cake) or several kinds of biscotti (cookies) to your guests after dinner, but there are some who consider chocolate to be the ultimate…

Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti

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  If you are a newcomer to using extra-virgin olive oil when baking, you’re in for a treat and a healthy one at that. Baking with olive oil dramatically reduces…